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Governance of large family companies in traditional and new economy industries in India: effects on financial performance


Pandey, R and Taylor, D and Joshi, M, Governance of large family companies in traditional and new economy industries in India: effects on financial performance, Corporate Ownership & Control, 8, (3) pp. 108-123. ISSN 1727-9232 (2011) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.22495/cocv8i3p9


This study adds a new context to the body of empirical literature on relationships between corporate family ownership, governance and financial performance. The context is large family listed companies in India operating in traditional industries under succeeding generations of family management compared to companies operation in India’s ‘new economy’ industries under first generation family entrepreneurs. Results reveal a negative relationship between family CEO and firm performance, and a positive relationship between family ownership and firm performance, which supports prior findings in other contexts. However, in this study of Indian family companies, the former relationship is found in ‘new economy’ industries only, whereas the latter relationship is found in traditional industries only. Additionally, in India, Boards that are more actively involved in management processes will record superior financial performance in companies in traditional industries, but Boards less actively involved achieve better financial performance in new economy industries. These results are interpreted in light of historical Indian family business practices and modern changes. Implications for the future of the traditional family business model, as India rapidly progresses towards ‘new economy’ industries, are drawn from the results.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:family ownership, family CEO, board governance, ‘New Economy’ industries, corporate financial performance, India family firms
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Strategy, management and organisational behaviour
Research Field:Corporate governance
Objective Division:Economic Framework
Objective Group:Management and productivity
Objective Field:Management
UTAS Author:Pandey, R (Dr Rakesh Pandey)
ID Code:149762
Year Published:2011
Deposited By:Accounting and Accountability
Deposited On:2022-04-11
Last Modified:2022-05-13
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